G. E. M. Skues described Cutcliffe's original book as one of only
five "indispensable" works in fly tying and fly fishing. Although he
died tragically at age 42 as Surgeon-General in Calcutta, both his
personality and astonishing fly fishing IQ are captured in his writing.
This illustrated modern "translation" of the tactics, language, hook sizes and rig construction allows the modern angler to benefit from Dr. Cutcliffe's talents for fishing and teaching.
A set of "Cutcliffe" flies tied to recipes in the book by Roger Woolley - a renowned fly tyer of the decades following the 1930s - recently came to light. That collection, belonging to John Shaner, has been beautifully photographed by brother Stephen Shaner and is included here to create a unique insight into the flies and fishing of Dr. Henry Charles Cutcliffe.
Self published 2019
Paperback, 127 pages
10 x 8 in.
Condition as new. Initialled and numbered (#92 of 300) by the author.
Preface: Meet Cutcliffe and Woolley
Part I: Crash Course in the Fishing & Fly Tying of an Overlooked Maestro
Lessons for Modern Anglers
Translating 19th Century Angling
Part II: The Cutcliffe Manuscript
Part III: Woolley Collection of Cutcliffe Flies
Part IV: The "Missing" Woolley Specimens
Part V: The Untimely and Tragic End of Cutcliffe's Life